From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
-- Season to run April 14 – May 23; Youth turkey hunt set for April 10-11
More than 149,000 permits will be issued for the spring 2010 Wisconsin wild turkey season through the spring turkey preference drawing. Postcard notifications to successful applicants will be going out in the mail later in the week.
Hunters who do not receive a postcard by mid-February can check on the status of their permit application online through the Department of Natural Resources Online Licensing Center at https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/wi_public/goHome.do or by calling the DNR Customer Call Center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. daily at (888)936-7463.
In total, 225,729 permits are available for the spring 2010 turkey season compared to 225,709 in 2009.
Hunters harvested 52,581 turkeys during the 2009 spring season. Final harvest numbers for the 2009 fall season will be published in the 2009 Wisconsin Big Game Hunting Summary in spring of 2010.
The spring 2010 turkey hunting season will run from April 14-May 23. The season is divided into 6 five-day (Wednesday through Sunday) time periods. A total of 7 zones, 15 state parks and Fort McCoy will be open for hunting.
The number of turkey hunting zones (see online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/turkey/spring.pdf ) has been reduced to seven large zones instead of the 46-zone structure of past years.
The amount of total turkey hunting area is the same. Hunters should refer to the online map or the 2010 Spring Turkey regulations, which are included in the 2009 Small Game and Fall Turkey 2009 and Spring Turkey 2010 regulation pamphlet at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/regs/.
Hunters are reminded that Fort McCoy runs a separate spring turkey hunting season, different from the State of Wisconsin spring turkey hunt. Hunters that do not receive an approval to hunt turkeys through the state drawing in a Wisconsin turkey hunting zone for the 2010 spring season are eligible to apply for a spring permit at Fort McCoy.
Applications can be obtained by calling (608)388-3337 or visiting the website at www.mccoy.army.mil .
Youth Turkey Hunt set for April 10-11
Mentored Hunting Program expands opportunities for kids, ages 10-11
Thanks to the new Mentored Hunting Program that took effect last fall, youth hunters aged 10 and 11, as well as youth ages 12 through 15 may now participate in the 2010 youth turkey hunt.
Under the Mentored Hunting Program, youth ages 10 through 15 may hunt without first having completed hunter education so long as they do so with a qualified adult mentor and follow the rules laid out under the Mentored Hunting Program. Youth ages 12-15 who have already completed hunter education may hunt during the Youth Hunt while accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Each youth must have a valid spring 2010 turkey harvest permit, license and stamp.
Youth ages 10 through 15 are allowed to hunt on April 10 and 11 in the Turkey Management Zone their permit is valid for, regardless of the time period their permit is issued for, and may harvest only one male or bearded turkey during the two-day hunt. A youth who does not successfully harvest a turkey during the two day Youth Hunt may use their unfilled permit during the time period and in the zone for which the permit was issued.
All other spring turkey hunting regulations apply. More information on the Spring Turkey Youth Hunt and the hunting mentorship program is available online at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/HUNT/turkey/youthhunt.htm and http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/hunt/mentor.htm.
The youth hunt was created in 2007 to provide youth with an opportunity to hunt turkeys and gain valuable hunting experience by working closely with an experienced mentor before the regular season opens.
Free turkey hunter education clinics offered statewide
Free Turkey Hunter Education Clinics will be offered again this year around the state. These free clinics are presented by volunteer instructors and are sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Clinics typically last 2 to 3 hours and are designed to cover wild turkey biology and behavior, hunting methods, regulations, safety precautions, and landowner/hunter ethics, as well as tips for scoring trophy birds and a few ideas on preparing turkeys at home.
The Turkey Hunter Education Clinics are intended to address and inform all ages and experience levels from a beginning turkey hunter interested in learning wild turkey hunting techniques to experienced wild turkey hunters looking to brush-up on skills and learn new techniques.
These clinics will be held February through late March. Information and a listing on where and when clinics are being held is available on the DNR website or may call the DNR customer call center from 7 a.m. through 10 p.m. daily at (888) 936-7463. For the latest additions or changes in the schedule please refer to the DNR website at http://dnr.wi.gov/